Final Note

Samsung suing Apple over emoticons… :O

Kai Ryssdal Dec 19, 2011

This final note, which comes with the caveat that patent lawsuits can get reallllllly complicated.

Samsung is suing Apple in Germany. That in and of itself isn’t so unusual. Cell-phone companies sue each other literally all the time. No, this case will give you something of a frowny face ’cause it’s about emoticons.

Those somewhat amusing, but now completely played out faces you can make by typing, let’s just say a semi-colon, a dash then a right parentheses. Something like this: ;-]

Anyway, Samsung apparently has a patent on them. :X

I know… I can’t believe it either. 😐

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